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January 29, 2014

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO


He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear;
survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a POW camp; and bit off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, "Frankly I had enjoyed the war."€ ... Never Yet Melted »

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 29, 2014 9:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Dood didn't know when to quit. LOL

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 29, 2014 12:24 PM


What's with the fingers? I gotta know the back-story on that.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 29, 2014 12:43 PM

In February 1915, he embarked on a steamer for France. Carton de Wiart took part in the fighting on the Western Front, commanding successively three infantry battalions and a brigade. He was wounded seven more times in the war, losing his left hand in 1915 and pulling off his fingers when a doctor declined to remove them.[13] He was shot through the skull and ankle at the Battle of the Somme, through the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele, through the leg at Cambrai, and through the ear at Arras. He went to the Sir Douglas Shield's Nursing Home to recover from his injuries. see more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 29, 2014 6:06 PM

ghostsniper - thanks for the info and the ubiquitous Wiki link.

Posted by: chasmatic at January 30, 2014 7:36 AM

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